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2017 Emmy Nomination for Non-Fiction Cinematography – Parts Unknown Rome
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Portland Press Herald Article
Wall Street Journal Article
Zach Zamboni | BIO – CV
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Awards

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 Primetime Emmy

Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming

“Myanmar” Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013)

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Primetime Emmy

Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming

“Haiti” Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2011)

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 Primetime Emmy

Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming

“Laos” Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2009)

George Foster Peabody Award

CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013)

 

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Zach Zamboni

Cinematographer / Writer

Known as one of the country’s top nonfiction DP’s, Zach applies his unique skillset to the worlds of fiction and branding.  Raised in rural Maine, he studied Philosophy, Writing, and Cinematography at The University of Maine, The University of East Anglia UK, and The Maine Media Workshops.  Learning to light before operating, he began as grip and electrician in NYC’s independent film and commercial world, building a solid technical base as he worked up the ranks to Gaffer.

Through 10,000 hours on location, 60 countries, and 120 episodes of primetime nonfiction,  Zach has consistently delivered top-tier work, on tight schedules.  With a style ranging from polished-classic to ultra-naturalistic, he’s known for making verite look like single-camera fiction.  With a talent for maintaining dramatic lighting across multiple angles and simultaneously shot cross-coverage, he’s blocked and lit thousands of different locations and scenarios, shaping artificial and natural light into distinct looks.

For Fiction and Commercial Directors – Zach puts story first.  A thoughtful expert in the cinematic language of coverage, whether shooting scripts, boards, or following improvised action, Zach is deeply practiced in the construction of scenes, and the capture of moments.  His work with actors has been enhanced by the deep concentration and sensitivity of documentary.  Informed by the script, his camerawork ranges from vivid and intimate, to precise and powerful.  With extensive experience in lighting, actors look beautiful, and environments communicate specific moods and atmospheres.

For Nonfiction Directors – To punctuate real moments, Zach pairs vast field experience with a catalogue of cinematic techniques.  Recognized for continuously pushing the envelope, he’s filmed nonfiction in practically every mode possible.  Primetime hour-long episodes on a single lens, or in black and white, or true 2:40 anamorphic, handheld super 16mm zooms, tiny c-mount cameras, or Panavsion 11:1 zooms, mitchell-mount tripods, dollies, and steadicams.  Various approaches with the same goal: find the best way to tell the story.  Photography  appealing to an audience’s eyes and heart, capturing subjects with respect and compassion.

For his work, Zach has won three Primetime Emmy’s for Nonfiction Cinematography, and been nominated seven times.  He’s earned the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, the Cine Golden Eagle, and the honor of being chosen to film a sitting President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.  He is a member of the International Cinematographer’s Guild, works on both coasts, and is listed on the Roster.

As a screenwriter, Zach has written treatments for three nonfiction series currently in development, two nonfiction series bibles, and a feature-length screenplay.  He is currently writing an episodic fiction series to be shot in Maine.

CV

See a list of past work on IMDB or download a CV.  Zamboni works with all major camera platforms.